Make your home merry and bright with our tips for hanging outdoor Christmas lights.
We all know one of the best parts of Christmas is the lights. There’s nothing better than driving around, looking at everyone’s Christmas light displays. Of course, hanging those outdoor Christmas lights can be a daunting task. With our helpful tips, you can make your home shine bright on even the darkest winter night.
1. Use the Right Outlet
When it comes to hanging outdoor lights, safety needs to come first. You need to use a covered ground fault circuit interrupter (GFCI) outlet. If there’s an overcurrent, the outlet will shut down the circuit. Don’t run outdoor Christmas lights with cords out of your windows or under doors.
2. Choose the Right Lights
Your lights need to be made for outdoor use. Don’t use indoor lights outside. You want Christmas lights that are waterproof or water resistant. Also make sure they have a UL tag, which means they meet national safety standards. Your extension cords should also be rated for outdoor use.
It’s also important to inspect your lights and extension cords before you use them. Test your lights (even if they’re brand new) on the ground before you start hanging them up. You don’t want to hang everything and realize half of the lights don’t light up. Don’t use damaged or frayed cords. They’re a safety hazard that could potentially start sparks or a fire. Plus, your display won’t light up.
3. Use Outdoor Light Clips
Say goodbye to nails and clothespins. Outdoor light clips can be used on window frames, siding, gutters and more to hang your lights. They can help you keep the lights upright and evenly spaced for a more uniform look. They also work great if you’re planning on making a design with the lights on the side of your house.
4. Use an Appropriate Ladder
If you’re hanging outdoor Christmas lights from lower eaves, a sturdy stepladder can work. If not, you’ll need an extension ladder. Make sure the ladder is firmly set on level ground. Safety should be your top priority when you’re hanging outdoor Christmas lights.
At Blain’s Farm & Fleet, we understand you want to celebrate the holidays with the best Christmas lights. That’s why we carry a wide selection of indoor and outdoor Christmas lights, ranging from classic lights to LED Christmas lights. Plus, you can make your yard even merrier with outdoor Christmas decorations. Your Merry Christmas starts with Blain’s Farm & Fleet.